Tuesday, October 05, 2004

bismillah, walhamdulillah, wassolaatu wassalaamu 'ala rasulillah, wa'ala aalihi wasahbihi wasallam..

O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin for which I presented my repentance before You; and regarding which I stood before You, swearing an oath in Your names and called Your friends from among Your servants to be my witnesses -- that I would never return to disobeying You. But when Satan with his cunning tempted me to return to it; and Your forsaking me [due to Your anger over my impiety] caused me to [despairingly] waver toward it; and my lower self invited me to disobey You, once more; I hid myself in shame from Your servants, but openly and daringly comitted sins before You, though I knew full well that no covering nor any closed doors could conceal me from You and no veil could hide me from Your sight. I still defied You by disobediently doing what You had prohibited to me; but [despite my iniquity], You did not remove Your covering from me, but rather treated me equal to Your pious servants, as though I had always been an obedient servant and swift to fulfill your every command and fearful of Your warnings. I remained obscure in front of Your servants, and none beside You knew my secret. You did not single me out from Your servants with a mark of disgrace, but instead showered upon me blessings like theirs; and with this You distinguished me over them as though I were, in Your sight,of a status like theirs. All this was owing only of Your forbearance and abundant blessings -- generous grace from You to me. For You then, O my Lord, belongs all praise. I ask from You, o Allah, just as You have covered my evil deeds in this world, that You do not humiliate me with them on the Day of Judgment. [Forgive my sins,] O Most Merciful of the merciful.

-- Prayers For Forgiveness, compiled by 'Allama Qutb Al-Din Al-Hanafi from Hasan Al-Basri (radhiAllahu 'anhu wa rahimahullahu ta'ala).

**just imagine, Hasan Al-Basri, with his level of taqwa and 'ilm etc, reciting this du'a.. laa ilaaha illa anta, subhaanaka inni kuntu mina adz-dzalimeen..


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